VARIOUS ARTISTS ChristmasAD - First Snow

There are Christmas albums, and then there are Christmas albums. "ChristmasAD - The First Snow" is an outstanding collection of instrumental Christmas music that's appeal is that everyone is going to enjoy it!

A good Christmas album should contain some old classics plus some familiar pop titles to warm you on a cold winter evening as you sit by the fireside. So on this collection there are eight favourites, expertly re-imagined, plus eleven brand new Christmas songs that perfectly reflect the Christmas spirit.

"The Dancing Snowman" by David Wright & Geigertek is delightfully OTT and perfectly starts proceedings, and what follows is pure bliss! Steve Barnes and RamsayGee provide real romantic heart with five beautiful pieces: Steve's being the classic favourites "Little Town of Bethlehem", "Good King Wenceslas" and "God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen" and Gareth's being the sublime self penned "First Snow" and "Season's Wish". Catalin Marin returns with his epic, ethnic influenced "A Star in the East", and new artists Claudio Merlini and The Pels Syndicate contribute a stunning melodic track each with "Christmas Wonderland" and "Xmas5" respectively. Richard Bone provides two glorious covers in "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "Donde Esta Santa Claus?" while Acheloo and Robert Fox provide beautifully moody interpretations of "White Christmas" and "Silent Night". Al Rudd's "The Magic of Christmas?" provides the albums glorious "Tim Burton" influenced moment (think "A Nightmare at Christmas"!) while Lord of the Ants provides an atmospheric acoustic number that perfectly reflects "Christmas In New York". David Wright's rhythmic electronic version of "We Three Kings" and Bekki Williams beautifully orchestrated "Where is Santa?" end the album perfectly. The sound of children's laughter briefly open and close the album, reminding us perhaps that Christmas is about peace and good will reflected in the joy and laughter of innocence.

The collective artists on AD Music have really excelled here, presenting an emotive and memorable collection of Christmas tunes that delicately, and without exception, successfully walk the line between feel good melodic music and contemporary, creative, classically influenced new age/electronic music. Beautifully recorded and produced, this is one classy album that is destined to run and run.

Christmas Music for the 21st Century perhaps?

TRACK LISTING

  • David Wright & Geigertek - The Dancing Snowman
  • Steve Barnes - Good King Wenceslas
  • Geigertek - Beneath A Christmas Mantle
  • Claudio Merlini - Christmas Wonderland
  • RamsayGee - The Season's Wish
  • Lord of the Ants - Christmas in New York
  • Richard Bone - Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • The Pels Syndicate - Xmas5
  • Catalin Marin - A Star in The East
  • Richard Bone - Donde Esta Santa Claus?
  • Acheloo - White Christmas
  • Al Rudd - The Magic of Christmas?
  • Steve Barnes - Little Town of Bethlehem
  • RamsayGee - First Snow
  • Robert Fox - Silent Night
  • Steve Barnes - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • David Wright - We Three Kings
  • Bekki Williams - Waiting for Santa